The sixth annual Take Back the Night event for campus and community members is being hosted by the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

A candlelight vigil and group discussion, meant to support survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., beginning at Gentile Hall. The event is co-sponsored by UMPI’s Black Student Union and Student Organization of Social Workers. The gathering is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Take Back the Night brings people together for awareness and protest and gives people the chance to reflect and spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. The first Take Back the Night event started in 1973, when a group of women at the University of Southern Florida marched through campus demanding a women’s center.

The candlelight vigil will be held rain or shine and will begin at the entrance of Gentile Hall and proceed through the campus to the South Hall Faculty Lounge.

The Take Back the Night event will continue with a discussion in South Hall, providing a safe environment for all victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their allies to talk about their experiences.